Video Overview created by BallyAlley. Video published April 30, 2017.
Sneaky Snake, a game based on Centipede, is a 4K machine language cartridge released by New Image in 1983. It is one of the few homebrew cartridge games that was created on its host console (i.e. not a computer system-- unless the Astrocade is a computer-- is it?!?). It was programmed on an Astrocade by Dave Ibach and assembled using the General Video Assembler, a Z80 assembler released on tape in 1982 for an Astrocade with at least 4K of expansion memory (such as the Blue Ram or Viper). Even the EPROMs used in the cartridge were created using an EPROM burner hooked up to an Astrocade!
Sneaky Snake may be the hardest to find cartridge on the Astrocade system. Either that, or ICBM Attack. Luckily, Sneaky Snake is included on (I think) all of the various releases of the multicarts for the Astrocade. Plus, it plays just fine under the Astrocade emulation included in MAME.
In the Bally/Astrocade Game Cartridge and Hardware FAQ, Michael White says that Sneaky Snake was released on September 24, 1983 at the Astrobash. Some versions of this cartridge have the label glued or taped over an original Bally MFG. CORP. label because Sneaky Snake used salvaged cartridge cases.
Archive Notes: This video was uploaded to YouTube on April 30, 2017 and added to Archive.org in a 1080HD format for archival purposes.